5 Reasons You Need a Truck Crash Lawyer to Represent You
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a truck there are many reasons to hire a lawyer. Here are five of them.
1. If You’ve Been Seriously Injured
Michigan is a no-fault state, which means that when you are involved in a car crash it doesn’t matter who the at-fault party may be. Your no-fault insurance covers you, your family members, and others injured in the accident with personal injury protection insurance (PIP). PIP benefits include medical expenses, a percentage of lost wages for up to three years, and other costs that may be associated with your care and recovery process.
In many cases, PIP is all the coverage you need. But sometimes it’s not.
If you are facing long-term or permanent disability or disfigurement, the impact on your life is much more profound and includes economic and emotional impacts that require skill to access and quantify.
There have been recent changes made to Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws. Known as Senate Bill 1, the new regulations have made several significant changes concerning coverage limits and other details as a tradeoff for lowering premium rates.
An attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. will be glad to meet with you at your convenience to learn more about your situation. After this free consultation, if we decide to work together, it will be on a contingency fee agreement, which means we don’t get paid until we secure a settlement or award for you.
Senior Partner Eileen Kroll specializes in medical cases at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. and her training as a Registered Nurse is invaluable in evaluating your injuries for legal purposes. In some situations, we may recommend that a particular specialist be seen or a test conducted, to provide us with indisputable evidence and testimony during settlement discussions, and if necessary, litigation in court.
2. Proving Negligence Requires Expertise
The most common characteristics of all accidents between a truck and car involve turning errors, lane change errors, and visibility issues when backing up. Some crashes are caused by some combination of a truck’s braking, acceleration, and visibility characteristics — and the car driver’s ignorance of these characteristics.
Many people who are involved in an accident with a truck don’t remember exactly what happened or who was at fault. One of the key roles that an attorney plays in these situations is to answer the question of fault, as well as determining who is liable. Negligence and liability aren’t necessarily the same thing in personal injury lawsuits.
For example, the driver of the truck may appear to be at fault, but if the truck was overloaded it might be the distributor who loaded the truck who is liable. If there is a mechanical issue identified, it could be the leasing company responsible for servicing the truck who is liable.
If you are considering a personal injury lawsuit claim to recover damages, the legal team at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is ready to identify and document all factors of potential negligence and liability, interview witnesses, and secure expert testimony, if necessary. Recovering compensation you deserve, including damages for non-medical impacts (aka pain and suffering), is what we do. Let us go to work for you.
3. Peace of Mind
If you’re been seriously injured, you are probably filled with questions. How long will you need medical treatment and care? Will you be able to return to the same job?
The personal injury lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can help you understand and evaluate your injuries for legal purposes, and work with you every step of the way to a successful settlement or jury award. When you work with us, you can be sure you’re not skipping any steps when making your claim.
In the immediate aftermath of a serious collision with a truck, you may not be physically or emotionally capable of handling any kind of settlement discussion with high-power insurance company attorneys. The attorney-client relationship is a sacred trust, and we will hopefully take some of the worries off your plate, so you can concentrate on your recovery.
4. Your Advocate in All Negotiations
If your truck accident injuries are serious, sometimes an insurance company attorney representing the trucking company will approach you, the plaintiff, with a settlement offer. Don’t sign anything until you get legal advice. It’s important to remember that the defendant’s insurance company is trying to settle for as little as possible, no matter how compassionate and understanding they may appear at first.
In some personal injury cases involving a truck, settlement discussions can take place multiple times, as different payment scenarios are proposed, evaluated, and refined.
The professionals at Cochran, Kroll & Associates are ready to help you understand your options, and provide sound legal advice — and exemplary legal representation — every step of the way until we achieve a successful settlement.
5. No Missed Deadlines
Even if you believe your claim will be straightforward, consulting with a truck accident attorney helps it stay that way. The statute of limitations for truck and car accident cases is — under ordinary circumstances — three years from the date of the accident. In certain situations there may be official notifications and other documentation to file that have separate deadlines.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm that understands the local Michigan court system and the judges who will eventually be hearing your auto accident case.
We specialize in helping individuals and families seek and receive damages for injuries received after an accident — not just a trucking accident cases, but also car, boat, or motorcycle accident cases, medical malpractice, a wrongful death lawsuit, or other accidents that result in injury — and where we can prove that the negligence of another caused the accident.
After a free case consultation, if we decide to work together, it will be a contingency fee agreement. This means that we don’t get paid until you get your settlement.
Contact us toll-free today (24 hours) at 866-MICH-LAW or use our convenient online contact form to book your free consultation.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.